Jeb Bush Debuts Plan to Overhaul Veterans Affairs, Health Plans

Plan includes expanding options for care outside dept without cutting funding for VA hospitals, medical staff, according to text on the Republican presidential candidate’s website.

  • Says would reduce “limitations to private access"; ‘‘If a veteran wants to see a neighborhood physician, he or she has earned that choice”
  • Bush says plan will draw on funds from “cutting excess administrators (not caregivers)” and redirecting “billions of dollars in waste, fraud, and abuse,” by boosting competitive bidding contracts, firing under-performing employees
  • NOTE: Bush scheduled to attend town hall hosted by the Concerned Veterans for American in Columbia, S.C., later today

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